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senate Bill S. 109

Permanently Banning Federal Funding for Abortions (With Exceptions)

Argument in favor

Taxpayers shouldn't have to subsidize abortions unless they’re occurring under dire circumstances like in cases of rape or incest, or there are life-threatening birth complications.

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01/17/2019
We the people should not pay for someone’s inability to have prepared sex or use protection. Having the choice to have an abortion is one thing. Replacing your “baby daddy” with the Government isn’t the proper way to fund your abortions. I’ll say it again... it’s your choice, but the funding is yours as well.
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SneakyPete's Opinion
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01/17/2019
ABORTION FUNDING..... NO WAY .... USA 🇺🇸 I’m in full agreement that USA 🇺🇸 Taxpayers shouldn't have to subsidize abortions unless they’re occurring under dire circumstances like in cases of rape or incest, or there are life-threatening birth complications. SneakyPete.......... 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 .......... 1*16*19..........
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Karan's Opinion
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01/17/2019
You liberals say “my body my choice”. Well “my money my choice”. Pay for your own abortions
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Argument opposed

This bill would restrict women's reproductive freedom and access to healthcare. Besides, the ban on federal abortion funding is already in place and taxpayer dollars don't go to abortions.

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01/17/2019
Why on earth are people so concerned about a choice that isn’t their own?! It’s not your body! Women have a right to decide what they want to do.
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Jayden 's Opinion
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01/17/2019
This is a blatant attack on women’s healthcare. Cutting federal funding for abortions will have detrimental repercussions. Including but not limited to bringing children into poverty and pregnant individuals endangering themselves to avoid having a child.
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Curtis's Opinion
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01/17/2019
Roe v. Wade is the law of the land. Congress may not unduly restrict a woman’s access to reproductive services and this bill is unconscionable.
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    IntroducedJanuary 10th, 2019

What is Senate Bill S. 109?

This bill would ban federal tax dollars from being spent to provide for abortions. It would make the Hyde Amendment a permanent law, and also ban federal funds from being applied to health coverage plans that include abortion services. Federal funding would be authorized to provide for abortions in cases of rape, incest, or life-threatening birth complications, but no federal tax dollars could be used for any other type of abortion.

The bill would require insurance companies to prominently disclose which healthcare plans offer abortion coverage in all marketing materials or benefit summaries. Refundable premium tax credits and cost-sharing reductions under the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) wouldn’t be available for purchasing health insurance plans that cover abortions.

Additionally, the District of Columbia would be prohibited from using locally generated tax revenue to offer abortion services.

Impact

Women; individuals who buy health insurance or get it through their work; employers who offer healthcare plans to their workers; abortion providers; insurance companies; and the federal government.

Cost of Senate Bill S. 109

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) introduced this bill to make the Hyde Amendment’s ban on the use of federal funding for abortion except in cases of rape, incest, or life-threatening birth complications a permanent law. Original cosponsor Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) offered the following statement in favor on the Senate floor:

“This legislation would permanently codify the Hyde Amendment, ensuring that funding restrictions remain in place and are applied to all federal programs. Furthermore, this bill takes important steps to eliminate certain tax benefits related to abortions and improve disclosure requirements related to insurance coverage of abortion. Preventing taxpayer dollars from paying for abortion procedures - a position that a majority of Americans agree with - should not be a complicated process vulnerable to partisan attack.”

Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) called this bill an attack on women’s access to healthcare and argued that the Senate should focus on reopening the government:

“All it would take is a vote [to reopen the government] -- we know it would pass -- and we can move it through the House and send it to the President. But what have Republican leaders done instead? They have done what they’ve always done when they don’t know what else to do! They’ve scheduled a vote to attack women and their healthcare.”

In the 115th Congress, the Republican-controlled House passed a nearly identical version of this bill along party-lines in a 238-183 vote.


Of Note: Since 1976, the Hyde Amendment has banned federal funds distributed by the Dept. of Health and Human Services from being used for abortions, except in cases of rape or incest, or to save the mother from birth complications. That applies to federal dollars distributed to states under Medicaid, so the 15 state Medicaid programs that fund abortions in excess of the federal standard do so with state tax dollars (10 of which do so under a court order).

Abortion is a polarizing topic: polling from Gallup shows that 50% of Americans think abortions should be legal under certain circumstances -- meaning that they support some restrictions -- while 28% believe abortions should be legal under any circumstance, and 19% believe that abortion should be illegal in all circumstances. Further, while roughly 60% of Americans believe abortion should be legal in the first trimester, support for abortion rights in the second and third trimesters of pregnancy plummets to 28% and 13%, respectively.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: iStock.com / LPETTET)

AKA

No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion and Abortion Insurance Full Disclosure Act of 2019

Official Title

A bill to prohibit taxpayer funded abortions.

    We the people should not pay for someone’s inability to have prepared sex or use protection. Having the choice to have an abortion is one thing. Replacing your “baby daddy” with the Government isn’t the proper way to fund your abortions. I’ll say it again... it’s your choice, but the funding is yours as well.
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    Why on earth are people so concerned about a choice that isn’t their own?! It’s not your body! Women have a right to decide what they want to do.
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    This is a blatant attack on women’s healthcare. Cutting federal funding for abortions will have detrimental repercussions. Including but not limited to bringing children into poverty and pregnant individuals endangering themselves to avoid having a child.
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    Roe v. Wade is the law of the land. Congress may not unduly restrict a woman’s access to reproductive services and this bill is unconscionable.
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    No one but the woman and her doctor has a right to direct what she does with her body. I’m Catholic and a Libertarian who believes in choice AND I VOTE.
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    Women have the right to choose whether to have a child or not. Taxpayer dollars already don't go to abortions. There is no need for this bill and it simply further restricts women's freedom. Women are not chattel and we are not baby factories.
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    There’s no need for this bill, because federal dollars already can’t go toward abortions. Stop trying to restrict women’s health care, and start trying to reopen the government.
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    ABORTION FUNDING..... NO WAY .... USA 🇺🇸 I’m in full agreement that USA 🇺🇸 Taxpayers shouldn't have to subsidize abortions unless they’re occurring under dire circumstances like in cases of rape or incest, or there are life-threatening birth complications. SneakyPete.......... 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻 .......... 1*16*19..........
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    This is yet another attempt to undermine women’s rights to their bodies and to make decisions regarding their own health and well-being. Abortions should be covered in all healthcare plans, as should contraception, regardless of where the funds come from.
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    Everyone has the right to their body
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    You liberals say “my body my choice”. Well “my money my choice”. Pay for your own abortions
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    If a medical procedure is approved by a doctor, federal funding should not be withheld. Abortions are medical procedures.
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    How is it Congress (Mitch McConnell) can’t manage to bring a vote to the floor to open up the government, but they (he) have time to take away women’s rights?
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    This is clearly discrimination against women.
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    Federal taxes do not go toward abortions under the Hyde amendment. If Republicans were as interested in what’s between women’s ears (brains) as they are in what’s between their legs they would drop their attempts to control a woman’s body and put efforts and money into family planning education and free birth control methods and options.
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    I’m a liberal but also pro life. I want the government out of this debate period. It will never be resolved through politics.
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    With no exceptions. Abortion should be considered murder unless the pregnancy is due to rape or incest, period. There are consequences in life and yes sex has consequences if you conceive and are not ready to. Murderous doctors have made it too easy for people to have sex and kill an unborn child. Even for an abortion to be performed for the reasons given proof should be a must. The adoption system in this country needs to be fixed so these children can be born and put in a good home with parents that love them and that wouldn't be able to have children otherwise.
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    Is abortion why Flint doesn't have drinkable water? Is abortion why American farmers across the grain belt are losing BILLIONS of dollars in revenue? Is abortion causing a humanitarian crisis on our southern border? Is abortion responsible for killing more Americans than opiate addiction? NO! NONE OF THESE FAR MORE IMPORTANT PUBLIC POLICY ISSUES! Including reopening the government.
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    Everybody complaining about it’s not my choice so stay out of it. Sorry, but when you start using my tax dollars, I damn well better have a say. And I say no. Pay for your own abortions you freeloaders.
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    It would be better if they would ban all abortions. But we have to take it one step at a time. Abortion is killing a child. Our taxpayer dollars should not be supporting abortion of any sort. Abortion should not be even be illegal for any reason.
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